Sox Scribbles: Digging The Long Ball
The Sox won their second-straight over the Salt Lake Bees 11-10 Sunday afternoon on the strength of five home runs, including two each by Ian Stewart and Eliezer Alfonzo.
One of Stewart’s bombs was a fifth inning grand slam, his second of the season and fourth in his career with the Sky Sox, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat. All four of Stewart’s grand slams have been on the road (April 17th, 2008 at Las Vegas, May 15th, 2008 at Fresno, April 21st, 2011 at Tacoma, and June 26th, 2011 at Salt Lake). Stewart was previously tied with Cliff Brumbaugh and Alan Cockrell who had three slams each.
The two homers give him 48 career homers with the Sky Sox, moving past Harvey Pulliam into 8th place on the all-time Sky Sox career home run list. Pulliam had 47 homers in his career. Next up on the list in 7th place is Angel Echevarria with 51 homers, followed in 6th place by Joe Koshansky, who had 52 homers. Luis Medina holds the all-time record with 76 homers.
Alfonzo also continued his hot hitting, finished the day 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. It was Alfonzo’s second multi-home run game in the past five days, as he also smacked two round trippers against Tacoma on 6/22. In his last three games, Alfonzo is hitting .462 (6-for-13) with four home runs, four runs scored and ten RBI.
The Sox will look to make it three-straight against the Bees Monday as Alan Johnson faces off against Ronald Bay. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM MT.